We Catch a Ride out of Town
Everyone nodded solemnly at Aria's statement. As cliché as it might have sounded, it was the literal truth in this case. If they weren’t quick about executing the next few steps of their plan, the aliens would catch up with them, and then it would be all over. There would be no way out of being spotted. The aliens were not going to take any prisoners.
They crept out of the bush as one, moving in a single file to reduce the chances of being spotted. There was no talking, this particular plan hinged on precision and stealth. It was hands down going to be the most crucial and most difficult part of their whole escape and they all knew it.
They made a wide circle around the compound, taking care to be out of the potential camera range. They had no way to get exact measurements, but with the drone they’d been handed a decent map of the area and it was clearly marked where things were mostly out of sight from at least some of the cameras. All they could do was move fast enough and hope to be spotted so briefly on the edge of a camera that no one thought anything of it. It was a lot to hope for considering all the aliens had to be on high alert, but the fact that there were the first group of humans to make it this far meant they had the advantage. They'd probably never expect them to know of the cameras.
They were slowly curving around, looking out for the one place that had seemed like it would make for a safe entrance, which was the back door. There were four doors into the place, including the large bay door at the front, and then three small side doors, well small by alien standards; they were still quite large for a human. The ones on the side didn’t have guards but cameras and what looked like some kind of biometric security lock and they were both probably for the officers. The back door on the other hand, seemed like it was the one everyone else used to get in and out because it appeared to always be unlocked. The problem, of course was the two guards outside it, not to mention the cameras. They had, however, come up with a plan to deal with at least one of those problems.
It took them a couple of minutes to fully circle all the way around. It was a pretty big compound, so even at a run; it wasn’t the quickest, especially when trying to stay among the trees and avoid detection. The doorway in question soon came into view, as did the guard standing outside. It looked like this particular one hadn’t warranted two guards that night. Aria wasn’t going to complain however. One less guard meant their plan had a better chance of succeeding.
With that thought in mind, Aria gestured for them to begin the plan. Ryan hurled a large stick into the nearest camera right on cue. She smiled. He’d made a good choice of stick. It was just big enough to do damage the camera but small enough that the aliens could mistake it for a stray stick blown by the wind. And just as they’d hoped, the guard walked away from his post and towards the jungle to investigate the sudden appearance of the stick.
They waited for the right moment and soon Kate had launched the next stick, taking out the second camera. Aria smiled again. She had chosen perfectly as well. As if on cue, the guard got a call on some sort of communication device. The guard barked something back into it. That was what they were waiting for. There was no way to confirm if what the guard said was what they had wanted, but they were hoping that conversation was the operators of the camera asking about the currently broken cameras and the guard reassuring them it was just the wind.